Mediocre Time Wasters


This refers to an old Onion article where a girl woke up from a one night stand only to browse the guy’s DVD collection and judge him based on the utterly banal and forgettable choices he made. These kinds of movies are quite frequently romantic comedies, or thrown together thrillers, but basically, no matter what they are, watched once by the owner, never to be thought about again. Everyone has a few of these in their collection, and a small percentage is nothing to be ashamed of, but for those whose entire inventory is comprised of these non-entities, you have no taste. And I’m not saying you have bad taste, I’m saying you literally have no taste in film, or taste so diffuse that you never even have an opinion.

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The Answer Man

Baby Mama

The Butterfly Effect

Cop Out

Dead Bang

Death at a Funeral (2010)

The Eagle

Edge of Darkness


Funny People

Get Smart

Hamlet 2

Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay

The Hangover

How Do You Know

I Love You, Man


The Invention of Lying

Jennifer’s Body



The Losers


The Men Who Stare At Goats

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Observe and Report

The Other Guys

Paper Heart

Physical Evidence

Red (2010)

Red Hill

Scream 4

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Sex and the City: The Movie

Step Brothers


Take Me Home Tonight


Vicky Christina Barcelona

What Happens in Vegas

Whatever Works

When Will I Be Loved


Year One

Youth in Revolt

Zach and Miri Make a Porno

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By Adam Lippe

Whenever there’s a genre parody or ode to a specific era of films, such as Black Dynamite’s mocking of Blaxploitation films or Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof, the second half of Grindhouse, the danger is that the film might fall into the trap of either being condescending without any particular insight, or so faithful that it becomes the very flawed thing it is emulating.

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On Cold Fish:

Though the 16 year old me described the 1994 weepie Angie, starring Geena Davis as a Brooklyn mother raising her new baby alone, as “maudlin and melodramatic,” Roger Ebert, during his TV review, referring to the multitude of soap-operaish problems piling up on the titular character, suggested that it was only in Hollywood where Angie would get a happy ending. “If they made this movie in France, Angie would have shot herself.”

Well Cold Fish was made in Japan, where Angie would have shot herself and that would have been the happy ending.